Psychotropics and challenging behaviour in people with an intellectual disability

Niki S Edwards, William Alexander and Allyson Mutch
Med J Aust 2014; 200 (8): . || doi: 10.5694/mja13.11258
Published online: 5 February 2014

To the Editor: Hilmer and Gnjidic drew attention to the pharmacological management of behavioural problems in nursing home residents, and called for a reduction in inappropriate prescribing and the development of alternative management strategies.1 We extend these concerns to another vulnerable population — people with intellectual disability. Historically, this population is one of the most medicated groups in modern society.

  • Niki S Edwards1
  • William Alexander2
  • Allyson Mutch3

  • 1 School of Public Health and Social Work, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD.
  • 2 School of Medicine, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD.
  • 3 School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD.


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